Wednesday 22 November 2017

I'm not going to be a monster – Keane

ROY KEANE says that any Irish players expecting him to be a monster might be pleasantly surprised by the reality.

The new assistant to Martin O'Neill does not envisage having any difficulties with the squad, and feels that aspects of his personality have been exaggerated.

"Hopefully, the players are in for a pleasant surprise, particularly the lads who've not worked with me," said Keane. "People can believe what they hear and read and, if they're thinking for some reason that some monster's going to turn up... I'm quite placid.

"I will be demanding of players, of course, and, hopefully, that will never change, but I don't think there will be an issue with me and the players because I'm not as bad as everyone makes me out to be in terms of criticising players."

Keane has already smoothed things over with Aiden McGeady and Jon Walters, who he has clashed with in the past, and suggested that a No 2 role should naturally allow him to build better relationships.

"I'm not going to be the one dropping players or leaving players out," he said. "That might give me the opportunity to be nicer to players, but without being a pal to them either."

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

The 42-year-old explained that a return to the Irish set-up instantly appealed when he received a call from O'Neill, and feels working under the Derry man can help him grow as a manager. He reckons the unique combination of their personalities can deliver. "A lot of people in football can be very robotic," said Keane. "Martin brings something different and, hopefully, I'll do the same and that chemistry will work."

Daniel McDonnell

Irish Independent

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